Ruby started out drawing while I started sewing an elephant - at her request. I got the pattern from a book called Sew Soft Toys, by Karin Neuschutz. I love this book ! It has so many wonderful patterns for all sorts of animals.
Ruby's elephant - being made out of an old wool blanket I got at the op-shop ages ago.
Anyway, after a little while, she got bored with drawing and wanted to sew "I want to do what you're doing mum !" - Isn't that so true - young children always want to imitate their parents. That's why it's so important to be a good example to them, but that's another topic all together ! So we decided she could sew a little treasure bag out of felt.
I was so proud of her, she sewed it up in no time at all, with no help from me, except to thread the needle. And when she was finished she was so excited! It made my day to see her with big smiles from something she had achieved. She went rummaging through my craft box to find treasures to fill it with - a bell, some ribbon, piece of felt, beads and other things small enough to fit.
This is how she did it.....
First I cut a circle out of a piece of wool felt, about 10cm diametre. (OK, a circle-ish shape, my freehand cutting skills are obviously lacking !!)
Then I double threaded the needle and tied a knot at the end. I have to do this for her otherwise she keeps pulling the needle of the thread.
Then it was up to her to sew....starting about 0.5-1cm in from the edge.
All the way around the circle.....
It doesn't matter too much that the stitches are uneven, it matters most that she did it all by herself !
Make sure that the last stitch finishes on the same side of the felt as the starting stitch. Then cut the needle off and tie a knot.
Now pull your two strings gently to gather up the edges, forming your treasure bag. oops! note in the picture, that I did it wrong the first time - the string tails should be on the OUTSIDE of the bag !
And there you have it, one pretty little felt treasure bag...
And don't forget to let her raid your craft box for all those shiney little treasures she's had her eye on for ages, because now she has a safe place to keep them all !
I wrote this blog over 2 days, and she made another treasure bag today so I could take photos - forgot to yesterday, so now she has 2!
"What can I sew now mum ?" ummmmmmm....ok, will have to think about that !
Any ideas anyone ???